Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 25, 2016

“Let Your work appear to Your servants … And confirm for us the work of our hands.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 90.

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

You turn man back into dust
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep;
In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;
Toward evening it fades and withers away.

For we have been consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.
You have placed our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

13 Do return, O Lord;  how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”  Psalm chapter 90.

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Life is short.

For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.”  Verses 9-10.

Reformed Doctrine teaches what is most important:  a focus on God and His works.

Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.”  Verse 16.

For our work, we don’t have time to do merely what is good, we only have time to do the very best.

So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  Verse 12.

Accordingly, when the Psalmist concludes in verse 17 by repeating the prayer request:  “confirm the work of our hands.”, this prayer request is not a request that God bless whatever we do, rather it is a request that God choose the very best work or us to do and that He gift us with wisdom and skill and passion to do that work and that He work in us to accomplish that work.  In one word, it is a request that God “establish” our work.

“Commit your works to the Lord
And your plans will be established.”  Proverbs 16:3.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.”  Psalm 37:23.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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